UPDATED 6:25 AM PT — Mon. July 23, 2018
Mexico’s president-elect recently sent a letter to his northern counterpart, in which he called for a swift resolution regarding NAFTA negotiations.
According to Mexican officials, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wrote a letter to President Trump asking for the two countries to reset relations after years of tension over a border wall, trade and immigration.
The incoming Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard read the letter at a press conference.
“In regards to trade, I think it would be worthwhile to put in the effort to finalize the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement,” he read. “I think that prolonging uncertainty could put the brakes on investment in the medium and long term, and which would make economic growth in Mexico difficult and which would make difficult the strategy of the government to get more employment and better working conditions for all Mexicans.”
The July elections in Mexico — to be followed by elections in Canada and the U.S. — put a halt to the trade talks as uncertainty took over as Canada and Mexico failed to meet all of the U.S.’ demands.
Lopez-Obrador is calling for productivity, so the 24-year-old agreement can be modernized when they restart talks on Thursday.
He is sending his own representative to Washington, D.C. with the Mexican delegation for those talks.
Meanwhile, Lopez-Obrabor wrote if the U.S. and Mexico invest in the economies of Central American countries, immigration will go down in the region as people find opportunities at home.
His letter gave more specifics of the plan to tackle immigration in a press conference Sunday.
Lopez-Obrador is set to take office on December 1, 2018 as his letter demonstrates he believes development, migration, and security are areas in which he can collaborate with President Trump.